Featured Vendor – Sierra Meadows


From an intimate ceremony, to a lavish formal gala – we’ve hosted and toasted them all at Sierra Meadows Country Club.


Tent Pavilion
Our most popular ceremony location is held under the Tent Pavilion overlooking the Oak Tree meadow, 9th green and Sunset Lake.

The Tent Pavilion can be used for ceremonies, cocktail hours, and receptions. The 40′ X 60′ tent accommodates up to 280 guests and includes the use of 200 folding chairs for seating at the banquet tables.

Oak View
Held in a quaint meadow shadowed by majestic oaks. This location includes the use of 200 traditional white folding chairs.

Lake View
Nestled lakeside, enjoy the tranquility of our beautiful lake and endless golf course views. Lakeside ceremonies include the use of 200 traditional white folding chairs.

Fairway View
Our Fairway ceremony site offers an expansive, open air environment with views from the fairway. Ceremonies include the use of 200 traditional white folding chairs.
**Additional fees apply based on time of golf course closure.**

Sunset Terrace
Set just outside the Sierra Meadows Club House, the Sunset Terrace provides panoramic golf course views and is conveniently located steps away from the Manzanita Ballroom. The Sunset Terrace include the use of 200 traditional white folding chairs.


Manzanita Ballroom
The charming ambiance of this room is complemented by endless views of the golf course and access to our spacious patio.

The elegantly decorated Manzanita Ballroom, together with our clubhouse accommodates up to 200 guests and includes the use of round banquet tables � seating 8 guests each, and 200 fruitwood Chiavari chairs.

   


Prior to the ceremony, the bride and wedding party are invited to gather in the private bridal salon to enjoy final pre-wedding rituals with friends & family in a stress free environment.

The Bridal Salon includes: two make-up stations, three vanity stations, dress hooks, six private lockers, and shower facilities. Hair & make-up professionals are welcome to join the bride.

The Groom’s Salon includes: shower facilities, vanity, and lockers.


As a special Thank You for choosing Sierra Meadows Country Club, we would like to invite the wedding Party and your guests to play golf at Sierra Meadows.

Upon signing your contract, you and your wedding party will be allowed to golf at the special rate of $30 per round, including your cart, anytime before or on the day of your wedding. This special rate can be applied to your bachelor party, as a treat to the groomsmen and wedding party, or just a fun outing before the big day. Whenever you decide to take advantage of this great discount, we�re sure that Sierra Meadows will provide players of all levels with a relaxing day of golf.

Wedding Shuttle Service

Sierra Meadows Country Club now has two 13-passenger shuttle busses available for your convenience, offering shuttle service to and from local area hotels and motels, including the Fresno area. Please call our Wedding Specialist for more information.
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Here we feature our wedding vendors to spotlight their services and specialties. Congratulations on your upcoming event – we wish you a lifetime of happiness, adventure and joy.

 

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WEDDING ENGAGEMENT ADVICE Part 1

Long range planning.
Consider your engagement as the beginning of your lifelong commitment; it’s the perfect time to create a healthy foundation for your marriage. As you plan your wedding, focus on your financial future by sharing dreams, savings, and debt issues, and start making a joint plan.

Photo provided by Ros-Lynn Studios http://www.roslynnstudios.com

Magnetic personality.
For weddings that fall around holidays such as New Year’s Eve, to reinforce the date, create personalized, magnetic save-this-date cards, and send them out at least six month’s in advance.

Get professional help.
If you’re a disorganized bride, the stress will show at every turn.  Use the pre-wedding time to organize and weed-out conflicts, clutter, and emotions.  Enlist expert help to support you by hiring a financial advisor, wedding planner, organizational consultant and personal trainer. The extra time and money invested will result in a successful wedding and good-to-go marriage.

Photo provided by Ros-Lynn Studios http://www.roslynnstudios.com

Choose your friends wisely
Once the engagement is announced, choose the bridal party carefully. Yes, it’s an emotional time, but use logic when you make important decisions. Consider: emotions, personalities, dependability, affordability, and your relationship with him/her. Once you make the offer, you can’t take it back, so use your best judgment.

Photo provided by Ros-Lynn Studios http://www.roslynnstudios.com

Group Discounts.
Host your engagement party at a restaurant that caters to celebrations and ask whether they might give you a discount on catering, etc., if you also book your shower or rehearsal dinner with them at the same time.

Make arrangements.
Don’t put off discussing premarital agreements – get it out of the way, right away.  Yes, it’s awkward, but it’s part of our culture.  If you try to slide the issue on the table a month before the wedding, you’re not only asking for disaster, but it might not hold up in a court of law because it can be considered an agreement made under pressure.

ADVICE: PERSONALIZING YOUR WEDDING

Wrap them in luxury.
A really plush gift idea for your bridal party – have monogrammed robes made.

Quote your parents.
Your parents will most likely invest some of their life-savings in your big day.  Acknowledge their generosity with a personalized gift in return.  Find an eloquent quote about parenting or the relationships between fathers/mothers, sons/daughters,and have it engraved on a special plague.

Rock on!
Polished stones carry special meaning.  Find a local boutique that sells “love rocks,” and give one to each of your guests.

Photo opportunity.
Consider making photo books with old photos of you and your friends.  Spend some time thinking of all the things you’ve been through and give these cherished, personalized gifts to your maid of honor and best man.

Picture your friends.
When making a video that will be shown at the wedding, include photos of family and friends – not just of the bride and groom.  Your guests will be pleased that you thought of them.

The write stuff.
The thank-you cards are more meaningful than your invitation!  Yes – by acknowledging guests with hand-written, personalized notes, you are saying that it mattered that they came to your wedding and/or sent a gift.  Spend more time on this end of things and the time invested will return with gracious measure.

Refresh your guests.
If you have out-of-town guests who are staying at nearby hotels, acknowledge them by arranging to have a refreshment package, along with a personalized note from you, in their room!

Welcome wagon.
Wedding sheets are an extravagant keepsake.  When approached by family or a close friend, ask them to consider this as a meaningful gift, and ask them to have a set of luxurious sheets monogrammed or embroidered with your initials.

Dance the night away.
If your mother, father, aunt, uncle, grandma, grandfather, friend, et al, said something insightful, write it down.  As an extra special and meaningful touch, pull together a small book of personalized quotes and give this to them on your big day.

Bubble heads.
Use the buddy system for out-of-town guests. Try to assign a friendly, outgoing family member or close friend to any out-of-town guests, to act as their ‘ambassador’ for the wedding weekend. The ambassadors can greet guests at the airport, take them to the hotel, and suggest things to do. This makes out-of-towners feel welcome.

Wedding Music Advice & Planning

Written by: Anne Driscoll for Premier Bride

Setting The Tone
If any one element is crucial to setting the appropriate tone and atmosphere for your wedding it’s the music. The music played during your wedding should do more than just entertain; it should evoke the deep emotion of your ceremony. The right music takes the right kind of planning, and by following a few guidelines you can ensure perfect harmony between your ceremony and the music you choose for it.
Prior to selecting your music, it is best to decide if you want to use religious songs only or a combination of religious and popular tunes. Once you’ve decided, set an appointment with the director of music for your church or synagogue. This person will be able to make recommendations for music suitable for the acoustics of the building and complement any of your wedding’s religious or cultural themes. Music for your ceremony should be divided into four parts: the prelude, the processional, interlude(s) and the recessional.

The Prelude
Prelude music typically begins 20 to 40 minutes prior to the ceremony. These selections set the mood for the coming event. Since the prelude provides an acoustic backdrop for your guests, it’s best to choose pieces that will be familiar.

A string ensemble creates an elegant mood, while a vocalist singing love ballads evokes a more romantic atmosphere. Because prelude selections are played during the seating of the mothers and grandmothers of the bride and groom, you might choose songs with special meaning for them, perhaps the piece that was played on their own wedding day. Generally, your prelude selections should be played at a volume that will create a background for light conversation and reflection. These might be appropriate:

Classical/Elegant
• Piano Concerto in C, 2nd Movement (Schubert)
• Violin Concerto #8 (Vivaldi)
• Air from Water Music (Handel)

Celebratory
• Rondo for Flute and Orchestra (Mozart)
• Hornpipe in D from Water Music (Handel)

The Processional
The processional announces the arrival of the wedding attendants and, ultimately, the bride. The music for the bridal party’s entrance should have a definitive rhythm so that the attendants can easily keep time as they walk down the aisle. It should begin at a soft volume, then slowly increase until the bride’s entrance.

Organ music is the typical choice for the processional, but you can opt for a string quartet, a trumpet solo, or even a vocal solo. Whatever your selection, the music should be dignified and splendid and should also be the right length to accompany all of the attendants from the back of the church to the altar. Typically, there are two selections played during the processional: one for the bridesmaids and groomsmen, and a different selection for the bride. If you decide to play the same selection for both, there should be a pause for the guests to stand and a noticeable increase in volume upon your initial entry into the sanctuary.

Attendants’ Entrance
Canon in D Major (Pachelbel)
• Air on a G String (Bach)
• Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies (Tchaikovsky)

Bride’s Entrance
Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin (Wagner)
• Trumpet Voluntary (Clarke)
• Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (Handel)

Interlude(s)
Throughout the ceremony, you should accentuate key moments with music, which makes a impact on your guests and breaks up the solemnity of the occasion. You might want to include music just before or after a reading, during communion or at the signing of the register. These selections may be performed by your musicians or sung by the congregation, but either way they should be slow paced and softly played to give your guests a moment for contemplation or reflection.
Recommendations:
• Panis Angelicas (Franck)
• The Wedding Song (Stookey)
Ave Maria (Bach/Gounod)

The Recessional
The recessional is the grand finale of the ceremony and should reflect the jubilant nature of the occasion. The selections played should be uplifting, possessing a quick, majestic tempo that proclaims the joy of your new union. Music should play as the wedding party leaves the church and continue until all guests have departed.
Recommendations:
• Hallelujah Chorus (Handel)
Wedding March (Mendelssohn)
• Sonata Prima (Vivaldi) B

Premier Bride’s Cake Dive Live & Wedding Feud Event

Written by: Anne Driscoll for Premier Bride

Cake Dive Live!

To get into the spirit of our upcoming bridal show (Sunday, August 21st from 10:00-4:00) and getting a chance to spend some quality time with our Brides-To-Be, Premier Bride decided to have a little fun. We invited our friends Clayton Clark from KMPH26, Oh So Swank, Sweet Dreams Cakes and Flowers, and FresnoDJ.com  to join the party and we held a Cake Dive Live and Wedding Feud event!

We put out the invitation to our Facebook friends looking for adventurous brides-to-be and we received a wonderful response. We drew names to find our contestants and Chelsea , Brandi and Alyssa were our lucky brides! Click on the link below to view the taped segment.

Cake Dive Segment

As you can see we had a lot of fun! Special thanks to our wedding vendor partners who donated the prize packages.

(Our Premier Brides: Alyssa, Brandi and Chelsea after diving into the cake!)

Prize Package #1:

Haro Entertainment, www.haroent.com – 100 picture photo montage (value), Make Up by Dara, www.makeupbydarac.com – Bridal Package, includes on-location trial-run and day-of airbrush makeup for the bride (value $140) and Premier Bride Showplace, www.BrideShowPlace.com – 2 tickets to Premier Bride Showplace, Sunday, August 21, 2011 (value $20)

Prize Package #2:

Creative Chair Covers, www.creativechaircoverings.com – Backdrop, up to 30 ft with twinkle lighting in white or ivory (value $400) and Premier Bride Showplace, www.BrideShowPlace.com – 2 tickets to Premier Bride Showplace, Sunday, August 21, 2011 (value $20)

Prize Package #3:

The Pantages Company, www.thepantagescompany.com – 3 Hours of Miscellaneous event support such as, pick up/return of rental items or other event related errands (value $105) OR Set up of up/break down of up to 10 tables and 100 chairs for their choice of the wedding reception, rehearsal dinner or bridal shower (value $110), Wonder Valley Ranch Resort, www.wondervalleyweddings.com – Romance Package which includes dinner, horse-drawn carriage ride with champagne (or cider) and overnight accommodations (value $250) and Premier Bride Showplace, www.BrideShowPlace.com – 2 tickets to Premier Bride Showplace, Sunday, August 21, 2011 (value $20)

Wedding Feud!

After handing out the prizes, we moved onto our next game-Wedding Feud! Our brides-to-be Chelsea and Megan went head to head (with help from our lovely Premier Bride’s Perfect Dress staff) in a heated wedding feud. Click on the link below to view the action!

Wedding Feud Segment

Although Chelsea’s team gave it their best, Megan’s team ultimately won the challenge. Megan won the Flemings Steak House Prize. Both brides received tickets to the Sunday, August 21st Premier Bride Showplace.

Prize Package #1: Flemings, www.flemingssteakhouse.com/Fresno – Gift Certificate to Flemings ($100 value)

Prize Package #2: The Spectrum, www.spectrumdayspa.com – Skincare set (value $126)

Overall we had a great morning & we thank all of our vendor partners and brides-to-be who participated. See you at the show!

Special thanks to Clayton Clark of KMPH26 for being an AMAZING game show host.

Thank you to Amber for being our beautiful bridal Vanna.

Photos provided by Anne Driscoll of Build Media Marketing.